Havant borough businesses that can demonstrate a loss of income because of coronavirus have until midnight on Sunday (23 January) to apply for an Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG).
These grants are primarily aimed at businesses that have been significantly financially impacted due to the government’s response in December 2021 to the COVID-19 Omicron variant, introducing international travel restrictions and implementing the government’s Plan B restrictions.
The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant (OHLG) scheme remains open, and applications will be accepted until midnight on Monday 28 February.
Some business that may believe they will qualify for the OHLG (as hospitality, leisure, or entertainment-related businesses) are excluded under the terms of the grant.
Examples of those excluded businesses are retailers, tour operators, gyms, and sports businesses - where physical exercise or training is provided on an individual or group basis - and personal services such as beauty parlours, hairdressers or spas.
These businesses should not miss the opportunity to apply for an ARG.
Cllr Tony Denton, HBC Cabinet Lead for Finance, said:
“The government has provided detailed rules that we must follow to ensure that the right businesses can receive the OHLG grant.
“The ARG scheme is more flexible for businesses that have been affected by coronavirus, but don’t necessarily meet the OHLG criteria.
“I encourage every business that has seen a reduction in income as a result of coronavirus to check our website and apply if they are eligible.”